As an important part of the interim process beginning October 2, we will be holding a series of six listening circles via Zoom. The dates are Saturday, Oct. 2nd at 10 am, Sunday, Oct. 3rd at 4 pm, Tuesday, Oct. 12th at 6:30 pm, Friday, Oct. 15th at Noon, Wednesday, Oct. 20th at 2 pm, and Saturday, Oct. 23rd at 2 pm. You are invited to register here.
If you are unable to attend any of these sessions but would like to participate, please email email@example.com. Additional sessions may be scheduled, or individual meetings could be scheduled focusing on the same questions. Read the full listening circle Message from the Minister here.
Special Newcomer/Guest Break-out Room Every Sunday After the Service
Newcomers and other guests, whether you have attended one virtual service or many, please join us in a special break-out room any Sunday during the social time following the service. You are welcome to participate in this break-out room more than once. It will be an opportunity for you to get to know us and us to get to know you. You can also share about what brought you to UUCT and ask questions you might have. And if you would rather just participate in one of the general break-out rooms during social time, you are always invited to do so. In the meantime, if you have any questions about the break-out room or about the church, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
– The Welcome Team (Trudy Deyle, Sally Andersen and others)
Join us weekly via Zoom for a synergistic interfaith spiritual practice of many forms of singing, chanting, and group observation of silence.
The goal is to help each participant reach a place within themselves where they can connect with the Divine, their Inner Core, the Spirit of Life; wherever they find Peace. Led by Angel de Armendi, Music Director.
Singing Meditation is on an alternating Tuesday/Thursday rotation schedule. Our next gathering will be Tuesday, October 5 from 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM. Use the following link to join our zoom: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/319800919 Meeting ID: 319 800 919
For more information, contact Music Director Angel de Armendi at email@example.com.
Church Work Day
Join us Saturday, October 9 from 9 AM – 2 PM for our monthly church work day.
Current UUCT Covid Guidelines will be followed. For more information contact Bonnie Abellera. Even if you can only help for an hour or two, that will be appreciated. Hope to see you there!
Centering BIPOC Voices: October Discussion
By Robin Gray
The October gathering for Centering Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) Voices will highlight “Eloquent Rage” by Brittany Cooper. We will meet via Zoom at 3:30 PM, October 9.
The description of the book below is adapted from a review that appeared on www.kirkusreviews.com: “We [black women] are told we are irrational, crazy, out of touch, entitled, disruptive and not team players,” writes Cooper (Women and Gender Studies, Africana Studies/Rutgers Univ.). But as her feminist foremother Audre Lorde once remarked, this anger was not only legitimate; it was also “a powerful source of energy serving progress and change.” Here, Cooper brings together essays tracing her evolution as a feminist while giving voice to the political (out)rage seething within. … Her quest for political authenticity meant fighting with white women over racism and black men over sexism. … Cooper’s feminist journey also forced her to shed cultural “baggage”—such as the racism of a white society that questioned her movements on American streets and the sexism of black society that sought to control her sexuality through the church—that limited her passage through the world. … Sharp and always humane, Cooper’s book suggests important ways in which feminism needs to evolve for the betterment not just of black women, but society as a whole.
“Eloquent Rage” by Brittany Cooper is readily available in eBook, audio and paper versions on the internet. The copy held at The Leroy Collins Leon County Library is in use and on hold for a patron.
Contact Robin Gray at firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the email list. You will receive in return a document outlining our covenant, and a list of books that may be considered for future discussions. The Zoom link is circulated 3 or 4 days in advance of each meeting.
Allies for Racial Equity (ARE@UUCT)
ARE@UUCT began meeting bi-weekly in early September 2020, patterning ourselves after the UUA organization, Allies for Racial Equity. We share leadership and make decisions by consensus. We ground ourselves in our UU Principles and make relationship building a priority. We are UUCT members with white privilege working to: Understand our own whiteness and privilege and help others in our church community to do so Unlearn and re-evaluate white supremacy in ourselves and our church community Challenge white supremacy wherever we encounter it.
ARE@UUCT group meets on the second and fourth Mondays of each month at 6:30 pm. Our next meeting will be Monday, October 11. For more information, contact Linda Wright.
Indwellers Group at UUCT
Adults 25-49 are invited to join Indwellers, a new cohort group for socialization, community connection and spiritual exploration.
You can look forward to a bimonthly Zoom discussion on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month, social events, and community care. Join us for our next Zoom discussion on Tuesday, October 12 at 8 PM
For more information, contact Natalie Binder.
Old Guys Lunch
The status of our October 13 and 27 meetings will be determined after a vote is taken. Check next week’s Events section of the Meridian newsletter for details.
Please contact OGL Coordinator John Sample at johnsamplek4znc@gmail with any comments or questions.
Christian Spirituality @ UUCT
Join us for a twice-monthly, Zoom Bible study. While each week’s Bible passage will be the focus of the meeting, the real purpose of Christian Spirituality is to create a friendly association, to give and receive support, and to find our lives expressed in the Bible.
Our meetings will be the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM For zoom information contact Alana Katherine “Kay” Stuart-Tilley at email@example.com. Our next meeting is Wednesday, October 13.
Food for Thought- What’s for Breakfast?
Many people who have adopted a plant-based lifestyle because they want better health for themselves and for the planet seem to eat a lot of oatmeal for breakfast, but what else do they eat and is oatmeal really as healthy as so many claim?
Starting next month on Thursday evening, October 14th at 7:00 pm, the Food for Thought group will share plant-based recipes for different meals, starting with breakfast. If you’d like, you can submit your recipe ahead of time and a printed copy will be shared on zoom. However, if you’re new to the group and would like to just come and learn, that is okay, too.
Is having oatmeal for breakfast really that nutritious? Yes, definitely, especially the way my husband, Ed Oaksford prepares it. About once a week, in a large pot, Ed cooks equal amounts of steel-cut oatmeal, amaranth, buckwheat, and millet, with a dash of salt. In addition, in a separate small container, he makes a seed mix, containing equal amounts (about ¼ to 1/3 cup) of flaxseed meal, milled chia seeds, hempseed hearts, and nutritional yeast, with about 2 Tbsp. of each cinnamon and turmeric and ½ tsp. of black pepper. Then, each morning, we scoop up a portion of the oatmeal, sprinkle on about 1-2Tbsp. of seed mix, add some non-dairy milk and some raisins, if you’d like, and pop it into the microwave. While it is heating up, we add a combination of banana and apple slices, and our favorite brightly colored berries to top off our deliciously nutritious breakfast.
This might sound like a complicated breakfast, but each morning it takes about the same amount of time that it would take someone to toast a bagel and slather on their favorite toppings or pour some cereal, fruit and milk into a bowl. But most important, to quote many plant-based doctors, the more colorful your meal, the more nourishing the food is, and our breakfast is certainly colorful and healthy, containing no unhealthy fats, lots of fiber and at least ten grams of protein!
So, besides oatmeal, what do you have for breakfast that is not only nutritious, but kind to the earth as well? If you would like, submit your recipes to Linda Oaksford beforehand at firstname.lastname@example.org and join us on October 14th at 7 pm. A zoom link will be sent to you about a few days before our meeting.
Green Sanctuary Committee Meeting
Any and all are welcome to join the regulars at our next Zoom meeting Friday, October 15 at 2:00 PM. We will be discussing all things environmental as they relate to our church campus and engaging congregants in sustainable practices that reflect our commitment to our 7th Principle.
Hope to see you there. The Green Sanctuary Committee meets every month on the third Friday. For more information or Zoom invite contact Ed Oaksford at email@example.com
Mindful Meditation- Returning Sunday, October 17
You are welcome to join us every Sunday beginning again on Sunday, October 17 from 3 PM to 4 PM on Zoom. We are a community of meditators who come together for a chance to center ourselves with calm and focus. Each week a member of the group leads the meditation, drawing from a variety of Buddhist thought. Our usual practice starts with a guided meditation or a passage reading while seated, followed by a walking meditation, then finishing with a silent meditation. At the conclusion, we share our experiences with each other.
Whether you are new or seasoned to the practice of meditation, all are welcome. Please email Ardenkelly@yahoo.com for the Zoom link invitation to be sent to you every Saturday.
Arden Kelly is a Director & Teaching Artist Acting/Voice & Speech/Voiceover/Singer pursuing a Masters in London.
UU Explorations is a special Small Group Ministry for those interested in gaining a deeper understanding of what it means to be a Unitarian Universalist. This is a sharing and listening circle about topics that relate to the theme: What does it mean to be a Unitarian Universalist? It is an opportunity to get to know others on a deeper level and reflect together on important topics and concepts in Unitarian Universalism. At each gathering, we: check in with each other on how our lives are going, share our thoughts on one of twelve topics, simply listen to one another, and then share any further reflections we have. The circle is specifically not a class or discussion group.
UU Explorations meets every 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7:00 PM via Zoom. For more information, the current readings, and Zoom details contact Trudy Deyle. The next gathering will be held Tuesday, October 19 at 7:00 PM. The topic will be “Covenant: At UUCT and In the Unitarian Universalist Movement”